Senate Bill 2864

Updated on 3/12/2020 at 12:30 PM CST: The Senate voted unanimously to pass SB2864 on March 4, 2020. It has now been transmitted to the House.  Today, the Senate Education Committee voted to extend the Mississippi Employer-Assisted Housing Teacher Program and remove the requirement that the program be administered in conjunction with the Federal National…

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Senate Bill 2864

House Bill 274, House Bill 994, & House Bill 1147

HB274 UPDATE on 3/11/20: The House unanimously passed HB274 yesterday. It will now be transmitted to the Senate. The House Education Committee passed HB274 on February 25, 2020. The bill updates the requirements applicants must meet to qualify for the Higher Education Legislative Plan (HELP) Grant Program to align with changes in the college preparatory…

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House Bill 274, House Bill 994, & House Bill 1147

Senate Bill 2286

UPDATE on 2/25/20 at 1:51 PM CST: The committee substitute sent from Senate Ed passed the Senate Appropriations Committee with no amendments. It will now be listed on the Senate Calendar for consideration by the full Senate. Read the committee substitute. Status Senator Brice Wiggins and Education Chair Senator Dennis Debar, Jr. filed the Senate pre-K…

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Senate Bill 2286

Senate Bill 2508 & 2353

Updated on 3/12/2020 at 12:30 PM: The Senate voted unanimously to pass SB2508 on March 4, 2020. The bill has now been transmitted to the House. The Senate Appropriations Committee passed an amended SB2353 on March 3, 2020. The amended bill contains the same provisions, but only extends the repealer to 2021, instead of 2026,…

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Senate Bill 2508 & 2353

Senate Bill 2511

UPDATE on 3/11/20: The Senate voted on March 4, 2020 to pass an amended SB2511 that, in addition to the bill’s original provisions, would allow the Mississippi School of the Arts (MSA) to certify supplemental teaching endorsements as well as alter how the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) classifies the licensure class of out-of-state applicants….

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Senate Bill 2511

Ahead of the Heard

Recently, Rachel was interviewed by Jennifer Schiess from Bellwether Education Partners. The interview was published on the Bellwether Education Partners’ blog Ahead of the Heard. During the interview, Rachel talked about the recent increase in NAEP scores and what they mean for Mississippi. She also discussed what Mississippi First has been focused on over the…

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Mississippi First Officially Launches Raise the Rate

Jackson, MS—Today, Mississippi First officially launched the Raise the Rate campaign at the Capitol. During the 2020 legislative session, Mississippi First will be working with partners, collaboratives, and legislators to raise the pre-K funding rate from $4,300 to $5,000 per child for early learning collaborative students. Because the cost of the state-funded pre-K program is…

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Mississippi First Officially Launches Raise the Rate